On this episode of Patient Power, Andrew Schorr brings you exciting news about the latest advances in treating multiple myeloma in an interview with Dr. William Bensinger, a medical oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Bensinger offers encouraging news to multiple myeloma patients and their families about enormous improvements in treatment outlooks for patients thanks to the recent availability of a new a class of drugs. He details how successfully combined new and old drug therapies are showing noticeable changes in response levels. Dr. Bensinger explains the goal of these new therapies is to improve treatment and response rates, ultimately increasing survival rates. This exact model worked well for one of Dr. Bensinger’s patients, Una Wilson, who also joins this powerful program to share her story.
Una was shocked when she was told she had been diagnosed with active multiple myeloma. After much research, Una found that the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was the obvious choice for treatment because they specialize in blood-related diseases and have been at the forefront of new developments for cancer treatments. Una participated in a clinical trial, with various combinations of therapies, which worked. Hear Una’s inspiring story and how she’s regaining her life after a scary diagnosis.
Listen to renowned expert, Dr. Bensinger talk about the importance of a second opinion, side effects associated with new powerful therapies, current clinical trials, therapies for older patients and why storing stem cells might help preserve future transplant options for patients.
William Bensinger, M.D.
Director, Autologous Marrow Transplant Program, Seattle Cancer Care AllianceDr. Bensinger is Director of the Autologous Marrow Transplant Program at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a member in the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. He works on the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, using treatments including autologous stem cell... more >
Multiple Myeloma PatientUna went on a backpacking trip where she injured herself. After the pain persisted, Una made a visit to the doctor, where she had several tests that indicated there was a more serious problem. Una was later diagnosed with multiple myeloma. After some research, she visited the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and saw a myeloma specialist, where she was later... more >